The Center for International Health serves as the lead agency of an area-wide consortium of partners who work both locally and internationally to leverage connections and enhance international projects that promote better health. The Rotary Club of Milwaukee just became the first non-voting member in the consortium.
Our inaugural activity in partnership with the Center for International Health will be a joint program featuring Kathleen Sebelius, former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, who will speak on global health. More information about the program can be found on page 4 of this newsletter.
Other consortium members include the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital, Aurora Health Care, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Marquette University, Concordia University, Milwaukee County, and the City of Milwaukee. The Center focuses on collaborative efforts among consortium members, promoting active involvement of faculty, staff, and students, and advancing education and research. The Center also seeks to incubate innovative technologies and ideas that affect community health and health care in low resource settings, while also affecting health care costs in high resource settings.
More information on Center programs can be found on their website, but one example is pediatric HIV/AIDS pharmacist training in Zambia. Since 2006, the Center has been working to improve the quality of pediatric antiretroviral services in Zambia through pharmacist training at the Pediatric ART Centers of Excellence in Lusaka and Livingstone. The program has focused on building local training capacity to enable pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and dispensers in Lusaka and Livingstone to better organize and manage pharmacy services, thereby enhancing the delivery of quality HIV/AIDS care to mothers, infants, and children.
As part of the program, the Center is providing technical expertise, training, and mentoring and is assisting in the development of effective pharmacy management systems at the teaching hospitals in Lusaka and Livingstone. CIH has also conducted a series of intensive short-term trainings on pharmacy organization and management in Milwaukee, and working with designated Zambian counterparts, has initiated efforts to expand the role pharmacists play in the provision of ART and other care and support for mothers, infants and children in Zambia.